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Cot En Pl


Symphonic Prog

3.19 | 25 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
4 stars This sole album dates from 78 and is one of the many symphonic albums from the era, but one thing dissociates it from the majority of the albums from the era: unlike most records coming from Spain, it does not have that very Italian feel (although the Spanish singing may be hinting at it, but this is not that obvious) that so many others have, but rather seems to focus on early 70's British influences. Coto En Pel is your standard prog quartet and enjoys lenghty instrumental exchanges and long tracks of an epic nature.

Just three tracks on the album - the title track being split in two parts - but a relative short playtime. Especially considered that the (too) lenghty intro of the first track seem endless even if charming: 4 minutes is simply too long! The rest of the track is a highly melodic symphonic prog in a style between Yes and Crimson. The following shorter track starts with subtle Flamenco influences on guitar, but quickly veers towards a very quiet Crimson (Cascade on the ITWOTP album), but remains subdued and quickly forgotten.

The second side of the vinyl is taken by the 18 min title track divided in two parts and from the first seconds of the track, you are sure that this will be the highlight of the album. Indeed, this is so and although still quite derivative of classic 70's prog giants, this does not seems to hinder the interest for the listener. A lenghty intro (this time very much indispensable) with a great bass meandering between guitar arpeggios and synth layers is followed by soft moanings and gradually picking up to impressive levels until a Moog intervenes and allows for the track to enter the meatier part of the subject. Again the track is heavily influenced by Crimson (a mix of Red era KC and ITCOTCK) but manages to retain a mind of its own. An abrupt end (not that cleverly written, IMHO) of the first part allows for again a rather lenghty build up and again some delightful mellotrons (Epitaph anyone?) and gorgeous arrangements.

Overall a very good album, so much that I will round my rating to the upper unit even if it is not essential for you to have it. However, should you have it in your collection, you shall not regret it!!

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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